City Council

Ordinance change sought to allow food truck court

CITY HALL — Though gourmet food trucks have drawn criticism from some quarters for doing business on public streets, it turns out parking on private property is what’s illegal. Santa Monica code enforcement officers shut down a group of food vendors who had set up for business on a privately owned lot this week, and on Thursday... Read more →

City Council

A modern age for parking permits

CITY HALL — For the thousands of residents who have preferential parking restrictions in their neighborhoods, the cumbersome permit renewal process could soon become a bit easier. Instead of requiring residents to apply for renewals in person or by mail, City Hall is considering moving the process online. “I’m hoping to have... Read more →

Education

Committee recommends school tax

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Voters could be asked in May to approve an additional $225 tax per parcel that would raise about $6 million each year for public schools. A district committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board place the tax on a special ballot. For the tax to take effect, the school... Read more →

City Council

Council to vote on Broad museum agreement

CITY HALL — In what could be a significant step toward bringing a world class art museum to Santa Monica’s Civic Center, City Council on Tuesday will vote on the outline of a development agreement for the project with the Broad Foundations. Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad are looking for a site to construct a museum to... Read more →

Crime

Suspect a pain in neck

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Sunday, Dec. 27, at 2:27 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1600 block of Ocean Park Boulevard regarding a report of a fight in progress... Read more →

City Council

City nears museum deal with Broad Foundations

CITY HALL — Negotiations to bring a contemporary art museum financed by billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad to Santa Monica’s civic center are close to complete, several city officials said Wednesday. The terms of the agreement would require approval from the City Council, which could vote on the museum deal as early as... Read more →

City Council

New Web site tracks leaf blower violations

CITY HALL — Call it an act of vigilantism for the 21st century. If you’re fed up with hearing gardeners use noisy, illegal leaf blowers in your neighborhood you can now take matters into your own hands, via e-mail. Not by writing to the cops, but by e-mailing the Web site stopleafblowers.com, the brainchild of an anonymous Santa... Read more →

Environment

Researchers set sail to study plastic

BERMUDA — While the setting may be perfect for a stress-free honeymoon, Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen aren’t going to be relaxing by the beach here, working on the perfect tan. The Santa Monica couple, who were married in June, will set sail today in the 72-foot sloop Sea Dragon on a voyage across the Sargasso Sea region... Read more →

News

Alleged stalker of actress Garner to stand trial

A man accused of stalking actress Jennifer Garner and her family will stand trial on two felony counts of stalking and two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Windham found sufficient evidence to require 37-year-old Steven Richard Burky to proceed to trial. Burky was arrested Dec. 14 near a... Read more →

News

City Hall shuts down food truck lot

SANTA MONICA BLVD — For gourmet food truck operators, not even private property is a safe haven. A day after a group of mobile food vendors set up a makeshift food court on a vacant lot at Santa Monica Boulevard and 14th Street, City Hall code enforcement officers put the kibosh on the idea, showing up at the site Tuesday morning... Read more →